ALBA agrees to give new boost to social, economic plans

Caracas, 31 Jul. AVN.- The Bolivarian Alliance for the People of Our America (ALBA) agreed in its recent summit in Guayaquil, Ecuador, to give a new boost to social and economic projects in the region with a view to make South America stronger.

During the 12th summit of heads of State, members of the regional bloc reaffirmed their willingness to carry out social projects in matters of education, health, culture, right to food and environment, among others.

Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro said they are looking for a superior cooperation level for high quality education and the right of education, since are people’s rights not privileges.

At a press conference after concluding the summit, the Venezuelan President also informed that there will be set up a presidential commission to systematize all economic proposals agreed in the encounter, seeking to create an economic zone in the region.

In this connection, president Maduro proposed the Common Market of the South (MERCOSUR) and Caribbean Community (CARICOM) to create a common economic zone “of shared and complementary development, supportive, respecting asymmetries, beyond commerce. A shared development.”

This coordination would give Latin America an advantageous position in the world that is forming today, said Maduro, adding that the 12th ALBA summit takes Latin America to a new cycle of development and consolidation.

Autonomous course

Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro reaffirmed it is necessary to consolidate an autonomous, Our American course and to create a strong bloc in the region.

The idea is to set up a powerful development hub in matters of economy, Maduro said, so as to achieve the region overcomes poverty, misery, backwardness and illiteracy.

A region “free of the dearths of old colonialists and empires. ALBA has buildings. We are the Caribbean, we are Atlantic, Andean, Amazon, Pacific. We have the crucial buildings of this beautiful geographic architecture that is Latin America and the Caribbean.”

People, government fighting together

Bolivian president Evo Morales said the ALBA summit resumed its task of defending people in the region and stressed that Latin American governments shall continue their course with people.

“In this summit, for the first time, I feel and I hope not to be wrong, anti-imperialist presidents and governments organize to join the struggle of our people, social movements,” Morales said.

While empires seek to loot, intervene and control their nations, he added, Latin American people find tools of integration to “face those long standing invasion policies.”

“I’m sure that this encounter of presidents resumes its task of defending people, our natural resources, that basic services are not privatized, creating trade policies based on complementariness, solidarity and competitiveness,” Morales stated.

A real alliance

Ecuadorean president Rafael Correa commented that ALBA is a real alliance between people and government.

The ideological relation among ALBA member states improves their common labor, said Correa, stressing that the presidential meeting was useful to boost the regional bloc.

“We come to talk about politics, great principles. The great advantage of this bloc is not about regional proximity, it is voluntary on the basis of ideological coincidences and it allows us to progress much more,” said the Ecuadorean president.

According to Correa, two vies of world are faced in Latin America: neo-liberalism and socialism. Complementariness and collective action is required for the later.

Multi-national TV network

Heads of State and Government agreed as well during the 12th ALBA summit to launch a multi-national network of television channels for member countries.

The encounter was broadcast live by local TV stations from Ecuador, Bolivia, Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua, as well as international Telesur, prior approval of communication ministers.

Radio stations of ALBA countries also broadcast the presidents’ speeches during the regional summit.

ALBA, created on 14 December 2004, is made by Bolivia, Nicaragua, Cuba, Dominica, Antigua and Barbuda, Ecuador, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Saint Lucia and Venezuela; Haiti is observer country and Suriname a special guest.

AVN 31/07/2013